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// March 6th, 2011 // No Comments » // Announcements, Commercial Diving Course

Group shot after the last exam, 8 happy new commercial divers...

to our eight freshly graduated commercial divers who braved cold (very cold), ice (a lot of it), snow (some) and zero visibility in the winter diving course.
Well done!!! From now on the water can only get warmer!

Viking Sailors

// July 14th, 2010 // No Comments » // Other archaeological projects

Learning to rig the Faroe boats

It was said of old in The Havamal that, ” Wake early if you want another man’s life or land. No lamb for the lazy wolf. No battle’s won in bed. ” It is with this doctrine that the students of the Maritime Archaeology Programme of the University of Southern Denmark met Professor Bo Ejstrud early on campus at Esbjerg to go not only on a trip down the road but also one through time to the Bork Vikingehavn to learn how to row a replica of the clinker built boats that made the vikings so famous.

This is a field excursion which is offered every year to the students at the University of Southern Denmark. Upon arriving at the Vikingehavn the students where given a brief introductory lecture by a true viking, (allbeit one who looked like he had his garments drycleaned after the last battle). The students listened intently as the boat and the methods of propulsion were discussed.

After becoming oriented to port and starboard the students joined the viking and Bo onboard the boat and began the slow and sometimes erratic row out of the harbor to the open sea. After the first kilometer of travel the students picked up a rythm. After about 45 minutes the newly indoctrinated vikings beached their craft on a small island in the harbor, (sadly there were no women or beer to pillage), but we all enjoyed a hearty break and snack before the row back the museum for further instruction on what it meant to be a viking.

Once we had had a second break for a proper lunch the students enjoyed learning how to use the rigging on the small fishing boats of the Faroe Islands. The viking was quick to help us go through and explain everyhting. The students had fun learning about the tack and how to perform the turning of sailing ships. We also gained hands on experience in knot making. This was all in preparation for sailing one of the larger viking boats at a later date. All in all it was a great day with lots of fun and sun and good company.

Jason Lain Lunze

Recording in 3D

// April 30th, 2010 // No Comments » // Maritime Archaeology Masters Programme

Using a 3D laser scanner on the Faro arm

As a result of SDU’s commitment to provide cutting edge training and education to its students, the Maritime Archaeology Programme held a weeklong intensive hands on training session with the FARO Arm in conjunction with the 2010 FARO Arm and Rhino Archaeological Users Group (FRAUG) meeting.  This cutting edge technology was first developed for the automotive industry but is now also being utilized by the archaeological community out of a need for a common methodology for 3D data recording.

For this week, a number of experts from projects throughout Europe came together to show us how to record archaeological artifacts in 3D.  Using 4 different FARO Arms along with a 3D laser scanner, we were able to create digital renderings of timbers from the early modern “Wittenbergen” wreck that sank in the Elbe.  The instructors then showed us how to properly organize the data, using Rhino 3D, a computer aided design (CAD) program.  This data could then be used to produce 2D line drawings or a physical 3D model of the artifacts.  The week ended with a meeting of FARO Arm users updating the group on their respective projects and troubleshooting the various issues related to 3D modeling.

We would like to express their thanks to Toby Jones and  Erica McCarthy (Newport Ship Project), Frank Dallmeijer (Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed) for their patience and expertise, helping the SDU students remain at the forefront of archaeological innovation. Many thanks also to the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven for participating in the organization of the course and to Dr Ralf Wiechmann at the Museum for the History of Hamburg for providing the timbers for recording!

Andrew Stanek & Nicholas Ranchin-Dundas